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'UPA govt stands "exposed" on Nuke deal'

delhi Updated: Sep 03, 2008 19:38 IST
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Reacting sharply to disclosures that the United States would stop fuel supplies to India if New Delhi carries out a nuclear test, the BJP on Wedenesday alleged the UPA government stood "completely exposed" on Indo-US atomic deal.

BJP vice-president Yashwant Sinha said in New Delhi that the note from the Bush administration to the Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee was not an ordinary communication. "It is a very, very important communication which sets out the policy of the administration, the government in the US," he said.

"The most important thing is that the communication is nine months old. Government of India must have been aware of it," he said.

Sinha said the government had claimed that India will retain the right to test. "We were assured of constant fuel supply. We will be benefitted by sensitive nuclear technology."

The BJP leader claimed that as per the communincation, the moment India tests nuclear device, all co-operation and all supplies to India will be stopped.

BJP spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy said "the shocking revelation made by Washington Post vindicates BJP's stand that the 123 Agreement would compulsorily prohibit any future tests by India, a fact which has been vehemently opposed by the Prime Minister, both inside and outside Parliament."

"Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has pulled a bluff on the nation and even deceived Parliament. The very fact that the contents of the letter were not revealed for nine months with a ploy that the PM gets over the crisis of nuclear deal in India is nothing but a blatant betrayal," he charged.